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The ACT Bilingual Education Alliance (ACTBEA) is a local non-profit community group that promotes the value of knowing more than one language. ACTBEA works with families and formal language education providers, both mainstream and community based, to encourage and support Canberrans of all ages to develop their bilingual skills. For more information: http://actbilingual.weebly.com/
Canberra bornRach Armstongis an 18-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist. She released her debut single Obsessed in October 2015 at the UC Refectory in Canberra and followed it up with Take it all in, in July 2016. Rach has been singing all her life, writing songs since age 8 and playing her first gig at age 13. She has been cruising the Canberra music scene ever since. You can check out her Unearthed page here.
Michelle Bedfordis an emerging artist and writer of poetry, prose and storytelling. She is an Aboriginal woman originally from the Jaru/Kija people in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. An aspiring storyteller, Michelle has been writing poetry for many years. Michelle is also a visual artist with a strong interest in photography and has been trying to incorporate this and her artwork into visual presentations of poetry reading.
Kermie Breydon claims to be a filmmaker and music producer, although tends to fall into theatre, experimental nonfiction, picture bookery and wistful anxiety zinelets. They are presently shuttling between Melbourne and assorted “Australias” for a cross-disciplinary project exploring mutual influence among Place, People and Story.
Bringing together three of Canberra's best-loved songwriters, nu-folk band Burrows have quickly become darlings of the capital's folk scene. With weightless vocal harmonies tethered by warm guitar and cello, their sparse pop songs have been described by folk blog Timber and Steel as “lean in music… the kind of music you want to listen intently to”. Featuring members of bands such as Cracked Actor, Mr. Fibby, The Ellis Collective, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Burrows draws audiences in with intimate and poignant songs speaking of familial bonds, idle daydreams, and waking up slowly on a crisp morning.
The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild is an incorporated association for Canberra-based creators of speculative fiction – science fiction, fantasy or horror – in any medium. Most of their members are writers of short stories, novels or both. Their goal is to support and provide development opportunities for their members as they move from aspiring, to published to (fingers crossed) professional makers of spec-fic. Oh, and also, world domination.
Serena Chalker is an award-winning artist and co-director of Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Serena’s works have been presented internationally including at Festival Alternativnog Kazališnog Izričaja (HR), Process-Space Art Festival (BG), Springhouse 2014 (DE), Water Tower Art Fest (BG); One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK), Saari Residency (FI), PSi#21 Performing Mobilities, Fringe World and Adelaide Fringe.
Wendy Chenis a Sydney-based writer and student with a focus on fiction, review writing, and advocacy. Her work has appeared in SpineOut, Right Now, and Rosie Respect, amongst others. In 2016, she was shortlisted in the Youth Category of the Katherine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Awards; was a participant in Express Media’s Toolkits: Creative Writing program; and an artist at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers’ Festival.
Simon Copland is a freelance writer, author and PhD candidate in sociology at the ANU. He is a weekly columnist for SBS Sexuality and has written for The Guardian, BBC News, The Advocate, The Saturday Paper and more. In his spare time Simon goes to the gym, watches rugby union and is a David Bowie tragic. You can find his work on Twitter, Facebook, and at his website.
Dr Tony Curran is a Visiting Artist Fellow at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra. His current research develops strategies of producing new forms of figurative painting using digital drawing and algorithmic processes. Curran holds a PhD in Fine Art from Charles Sturt University and is a sessional academic in Painting and Foundation Studies at the ANU. His work has been shown at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, the National Portrait Gallery, University of Edinburgh, S. H Ervin Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Nick Delatovic is a writer, performer and producer from the ACT. An alumni of the Street Theatre's Hive program for emerging writer's, Nick's full-length stage plays include Rig (2011) and The Last Prom (2012). He has recently toured his one-man sci-fi cabaret musical Bomb Collar to Crack Theatre Festival, the Manila Karnabale, New Zealand Fringe and Melbourne Fringe. As part of Lick Nuke Productions he has acted as writer/producer for several ACT-produced training films and music videos, as well as the Screen ACT award-winning short film Lights (2013). Nick spent 2011-2015 as a Managing Producer for You Are Here, Canberra's festival of experimental and emerging art. In this time he produced hundreds of art events across dozens of different artforms. Nick writes songs and sings for the bands Babyfreeze and PROM. Nick is currently working on his artsACT funded project EP-In-A-Day, an experiment in live music/live music video creation.
Farz Edraki is a radio and TV producer and co-founder of rip publishing.Her love of all things audio started in student radio, where she once hosted a show in a full-length banana costume, spent an entire day at Summernats, and discovered the true meaning of dead air. She has produced radio documentaries for the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, podcasts for Writers Bloc, and her work has been published in Crikey, the Sydney Morning Herald and New Matilda.
Damian Flanagan is precisely one third of the songwriting posse behind folky / acoustic band Hashemoto. He says that songwriting is a thing that can happen. Lyric writing too. He can't stop it happening to anyone, but he can certainly offer condolences if it does. And help too? Who knows.
For former producer, director and actor Stella Frances, cross art-forms collaboration has been essential to her production, writing and performance practice. Details about her published short stories and Throwing Smoke series can be found at her website stellafrances.com.au.
Leila Gato, flute player and songstress, has worked with rhythm and blues bands on the east coast, folk musicians in South America, performed tangos for the Argentinian Embassy and luscious gypsy-jazz, bossanovas and vintage French café tunes as part of Canberra’s long-standing Night Café duo. Currently playing with guitarist Jenny Spear as Martini Republic.
Laura E. Goodin has been writing professionally for over 30 years. Her novel After the Bloodwood Staff was released in December 2016 from Odyssey Books. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Review of Australian Fiction, Adbusters, Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Science Fiction, and in several anthologies. Her plays and libretti have been performed on three continents, and her poetry has been performed internationally, both as spoken word and as texts for new musical compositions. She attended the 2007 Clarion South workshop, and has a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Western Australia.
Luciana Harrison is a broad-ranging and versatile singer-songwriter, guitarist and music educator who creates intricate songs and arrangements in a variety of styles. Her lyrics are rich in imagery and often explore binaries such as light and dark, the head and the heart, the self and the other and the space in between. She performs locally as a singer-songwriter with Pocket Fox, Oranges and solo.
Nicci Haynes uses language as raw material for her visual art practice and consequently her work often finds itself in the company of poetry and other word-based art.
JumpCuts is your monthly theme-based film night! Jumpcuts challenges local filmmakers & film-lovers to create short films based on a monthly theme, the filmmakers can interpret these themes as loosely as they'd like. The technical quality of the films doesn't matter, we'll screen them all with joy & pride. The only thing we want to see is their creativity and passion, we feed on it, it fills our stomachs, nice and full.
Julie Koh has written two short story collections, Capital Misfits (2015) and Portable Curiosities (2016). She is the editor of BooksActually's Gold Standard (Math Paper Press), stories from the best cult writers of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the diaspora.
The Lifted Brow is a not-for-profit literary organisation from Australia that publishes magazines and books for both Australian and global readership, as well as producing events, running prizes, and more. Its flagship publication is a quarterly print magazine/journal, also called The Lifted Brow. It also publishes original content regularly on its website focussing on two major areas: social commentary, and literary criticism and discussion.
Luke McGrath has been a songwriter for nearly 20 years, amassing hundreds of songs, in diverse genres including country, hip-hop, punk and electronica. He currently co-fronts two bands, fuzz-poppers Faux Faux Amis and electro-mavericks Babyfreeze, both of which have upcoming releases this year. One day, he hopes to learn to play the guitar properly.
Rosalind Moran is a writer and student based in Canberra. Her non-fiction can be found in a variety of online publications, and her short fiction has been featured in several anthologies. She enjoys polyglottery and pushing her boundaries. Current projects include forays into playwriting, and research into confessional writing and gender.
Paul Mundenis Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Poetry and Creative Practice) at the University of Canberra, and Program Manager for IPSI. The UK publisher Smith|Doorstop has published his book Asterisk, a sequence relating to Laurence Sterne and Shandy Hall in North Yorkshire, with photographs by Marion Frith (2011), and Analogue/Digital, New & Selected Poems (2015).
Karlie Noon is a proud Kamilaroi lady with degrees in mathematics and physics. She is currently doing a joint research masters project with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and ANU’s Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics. Karlie has a passion for making STEM accessible to people of all different backgrounds.
Angela Peita is a Brisbane based spoken word performer, event organiser and workshop facilitator. She is one of the producers behind Brisbane’s vibrant Ruckus Slam and is passionate about creating spaces where art can happen. When she grows up, she hopes to be just like you.
Clyde Rathbone made a career out of running into people at high speed. He played rugby for Australia and scored a lot of points which made some people happy, and other people sad. Clyde likes to write and think, but his passion building Karma with his ape-brother Dayne. His Karma bio is here.
Scissors Paper Penmakes lit happen. More specifically, it is a Canberra-based literary collective, founded in 2011. From its earliest events, Scissors Paper Pen has worked with a vision to support young and emerging writers under the age of 35 in the ACT region, providing them with opportunities to grow their voices through professional development, networks and publication. In its current incarnation, Scissors Paper Pen comprises Cara Foster, Abra Pressler, Roan Scott and Jane Sisley.
Marta Skrabaczis a Melbourne-based interdisciplinary writer, producer and editor. She has a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Monash and has written for Overland, Going Down Swinging, Right Now, Accidental Discharge, and others. She digs digital, DIY and stories about women writers. She is also the Digital Producer for Noted Festival 2017.
Kate Stewart is a public service refugee who is now all about chasing her passions. Passions which include the written word, the spoken word and, of course, the sculpted word.
Rebecca Varcoeis a writer and events producer from Melbourne. Her work has appeared online for Kill Your Darlings, Frankie, The Lifted Brow and Overland. She likes, and makes, funny stuff, like Funny Ha Ha, the magazine she founded in 2015.
Cate Whittle writes for children and young adults, and has recently burst upon the scene, after perhaps the longest apprenticeship in history, with the publication of her Omnibus Scholastic series about Trouble (the dragon) and his friend, Georgia. Previous publications have been short stories and articles in a range of children's magazines and anthologies, and she has an enviable 'bridesmaid' reputation in competitions, the most amazing one being for a shortlisting (6 out of over 500 entries!) in the 2013 Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Award. Cate is Canberra based and teaches for a living.
Claire Rosslyn Wilson is a poet, nonfiction writer and researcher. She is a staff writer for Art Radar and has co-written Freelancing in the Creative Industries (Oxford University Press, 2015). Her poems and articles have been published in various journals. She is a poetry reader for Overland and a fiction editor for Right Now. In 2014 she was a Wheeler Centre HotDesk Fellow and in 2016 she appeared at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival. She’s a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra and is currently a visiting fellow at the University of Barcelona.
Ethan Andrews is a stand up comedian from Singleton, New South Wales. In 2016 he was selected to participate in Tantrum Youth Arts' Trajectory Residency. Throughout his time with Tantrum Ethan developed a one man show - The Youngest I Am Ever Going To Be - set to tour the Australian festival circuit in 2017-18, adding to a résumé that includes This is Not Art and the Adelaide Fringe.
Britt Aylen is a writer, DJ and television weather presenter. She has written for music publications and children's television, and once spent the lead-up to Christmas giving away hams while dressed as a burglar.
Dr Lachlan Brown's first book of poetry,Limited Cities, was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore award. He has been shortlisted for the Blake poetry prize, the Newcastle Poetry prize, the Gwen Harwood poetry prize, and longlisted for the Canberra poetry prize. Lachlan's second volume of poetry, Lunar Inheritance, explores his Chinese/Australian heritage and will be published by Giramondo in 2017. Lachlan teaches literature and creative writing at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
Gianina Carter is a poet and editor. Her writing has appeared in Scum, Voiceworks, and elsewhere. She writes about place, travel, identity, and disability.
Linda Chen is a Canberra-based actor and writer. She is part of the creative team at MindBlank Ltd, bringing mental health awareness and education to schools though forum theatre; appears regularly at monthly ‘Tales After Dark: Storytelling for Grown-Ups’ events to read/perform others’ stories; and most recently appeared as Susan in COUP: Canberra’s production of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Vinegar Tom’. Linda was also part of Writers’ Room X at Noted 2016, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lane Cove Literary Awards’ Youth Prize. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts at the ANU, majoring in Finance and English.
Shu-Ling Chua is a Canberra-based writer. Her work has appeared in Feminartsy, The Writers Bloc, Peril Magazine, Seizure and other publications. She was previously producer of Noted Writers Festival and Voiceworks nonfiction subeditor, and selected for the 2015 HARDCOPY manuscript development program. She tweets @hellopollyanna while living the memoir she hopes to finish one day.
Emily Crocker grew up in the outer-suburbs of Sydney. She has since found a home in the Wollongong spoken-word community, including performances with Wollongong Writer's Festival and at The Vault Cabaret, Port Kembla. In 2016 she won The Rumble youth slam, and scored the opportunity to feature at the Australian Poetry Slam National Finals. Her work can be found in various Australia journals including Southerly, Verity La, Cordite, and Seizure. Emily habitually picks junk up and pockets it away only to turn it all out a week later asking 'what can I get for this?'
Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an Australian author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her love of travel started at age three on moving from Sri Lanka to Australia with her parents. Having family sprinkled around the world; she has lived, worked and been on many adventures overseas. She currently resides in Canberra with her Irish-South African husband (who she met on an escapade in America) her adorable daughter and beagle puppy. Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii is her first Children’s book. She hopes that the Charlie’s Adventures series will encourage children to learn more about the world and journey far and wide discovering, appreciating and understanding.
Eric Yoshiaki Dando lives in Melbourne and is probably best known for his annoying cult classic novel snail (1996). He is also responsible for Oink Oink Oink (2008) and is currently writing another quite inappropriate novel Beautiful Useful Things. He has written many short stories and poems and cartoons that have appeared most notably in Best Australian Stories, Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Canary Press, Sleepers Almanac, The Age and Australian Goat World. He recently recorded his story about working as a shopping centre Santa as a podcast for Paper Radio.
Lorin Elizabethis a spoken word poet, teaching artist and feminist, who co-founded the Enough Said poetry slam and is published in Going Down Swinging’s audio anthology.Lorin has toured the USA poetry slam circuit, featured at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, NM and self-published an EP called Poems.
Dr Bec Fleming is an experienced oral historian, speechwriter and researcher who has written for Her Canberra, Feminartsy and Capital Letters.
Brentley Frazeris a widely published Australian poet. His poems and other writings have been published in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, U.K, U.S.A, India, Japan and Slovenia. He is currently in the final stages of a PhD (poetry/experimental literature/creative nonfiction) at Griffith University supervised by the poet Anthony Lawrence and the writer Nigel Krauth. Visit www.brentley.com for more poems and other literary experiments.
Gabriela Georges is a performer and community artist who recently released her debut spoken-word EP Rise & Fall (2016). She is currently working on creating more spaces and places where people can exchange stories relating to death, dying, grief and loss through her project Soul Arts.
Joyce Graham is a Kamilaroi woman from Moree who found her love of poetry while doing her year 12 certificate as a mature aged student. Since then she has played with words but never believed that her work was good enough to show to others. Over time she learnt to express herself through her poetry and this became a tool for her healing. Her confidence is now building since becoming a member of ‘Us Mob Writing’ where she has participated in reading her works at various events and festivals. Some of her works were included in the anthology ‘By Close of Business’ published by Us Mob Writing.
Ellen Harvey is a writer, editor, content producer and arts project manager. Ellen has a BFA in Creative Writing Production, with a graduate diploma in Book Editing and Publishing. She has been the editor of a nationally-distributed craft magazine, founder of a funded digital media start-up, director of a key arts organisation, and part of the editorial team at Penguin Books. Ellen works at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres; she is a bookseller at Dymocks Belconnen; and, she volunteers for NaNoWriMo. Ellen is working on her third novel (the first two are currently unpublished); she tweets at @honeyelle and occasionally publishes at lnkproductions.org.
Ashley Kalagian Blunt is an award-winning writer and stand-up comedian. She has written for a number of publications including Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings, Newswrite, McSweeney’s, Right Now and The Cusp. In 2015, she was awarded a Varuna Fellowship for Full of Donkey. Ashley is a Moth StorySlam winner and has appeared at Story Club and Little Fictions. She is currently undertaking a masters in creative writing at Macquarie University.
Bri Lee is a Brisbane-based writer and the Founding Editor of the feminist magazine and community, Hot Chicks with Big Brains. Her debut memoir, Eggshell Skull, will be published by Allen & Unwin in early 2018.
Sharona Lin is a public servant by day and a writer of fiction and non-fiction by night. She has a particular interest in speculative fiction, fantasy, and all kinds of pop culture. She founded and edits popculture-y.com
Born in Argentina, Graciela McNamara undertook studies in English language and culture. Arrived in Australia in 1978. She holds an Honours degree in Philosophy from A.N.U. and has undertaken several courses in creative writing, writing fiction, critique, editing fiction and poetry at the A.N.U. and the ACT Writers Centre. She is passionate about languages and writing. She also enjoys the theatre, music and singing and spending time with family and friends.
As a teenager, Jordan Morriswas bitten by a redback spider and passed out in the ambulance. He woke in hospital and found he still possessed below-average agility, speed and strength, but was pretty good at writing. Jordan won the 2005 Young & Emerging Writer Mentorship with Jackie French, and his first novel Round and Round was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition, and highly commended for the 2014 A.C.T. Writing and Publishing Fiction Award.
Alexandra Neill is a writer, blogger and founder of Alex's Cute Mail Club™. She has been an Ambassador for National Young Writers Month, Coordinator of the Signal Express and a Co-Director of the National Young Writers Festival. She was named one of Melbourne Writers Festival's most exciting writers under 30. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, The Grapple Annual, Award Winning Australian Writing, Scum, Junkee and Metro. Currently she is the Project Officer for Heywire at the ABC. She spends her spare time tweeting (@alexbneill) and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Grace O'Brien is a copywriter and non-fiction ghostwriter. An alumna of the University of Sydney and SciencesPo Paris, Grace writes mostly about technology, business and international affairs. She's also an economist, and she makes the occasional short film.
Alison Plevey is an award winning choreographer and dance artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans youth dance and theatre, education, cross-disciplinary collaborations, festival commissions, solo research and industry development in regional NSW and the ACT. She is Co-director of Lingua Franca and Leader of Australian Dance Party.
Dayne Rathbone pretended to be a computer games programmer for a while before accepting his true calling as a professional idiot/comedian. He won a bunch of awards and made lots of people laugh before discovering that his real true calling is building Karma—the home of gratitude online. His Karma bio is here.
Odette Shenfieldis a co-founder of Demos Journal, a new Canberra publication. She is in her final year studying law and sociology at ANU, and has spent much of her degree campaigning for the university to divest from fossil fuels. She also works as a research assistant, and believes in the combined power of research, creativity and activism to challenge injustice.
Emma Rose Smith is a writer from the Hunter Valley. She’s interested in accountability, queerness, mental health, and the politics of representation. Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry can be read in The Grapple Annual, Voiceworks, Seizure, Mascara, The UTS Writers’ Anthology and other publications and zines. Her work has been performed at Little Fictions, the National Young Writers’ Festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Noted, Enough Said, the national NOWSA conference, Art Party, and Subsonic music festival. She is a member of the SIBILS collective, a multidisciplinary arts group. In 2017 Emma is excited to participate in a residency at Marrickville’s Red Rattler.
The Us Mob Writing Group is a diverse group of emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers whose anthology By Close of Business was published in 2013. Us Mob have performed at various events, locally, nationally and internationally (2013 Two Fires Festival Braidwood, ACT Libraries, Erindale for Indigenous Literacy Day and the ANTAR David Hunter memorial lecture), and contributed to various publications (Etchings Indigenous: Treaty, Ora Nui: A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature).
Kaaron Warren has been publishing award-winning fiction since 1993, with six short story collections and four novels in print. She has run workshops in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. She loves teaching workshops because she reckons they inspire the writers who are starting out and re-invigorates writers who are already published.
Tegan Elizabeth Webbis a writer, editor and zine maker from Melbourne. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Scum Mag, Moss Piglet Journal, and Rough Magick Anthology, and her digital fiction project, 'Hey Rhys' was launched by the Digital Writers Festival in 2016. She writes mostly about strange creatures who have a lot of feelings, and edits a small online publication called Slink Chunk Press.
Michelle Worthington is an internationally published award-winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages. Her goal is to inspire all children to believe in themselves and encourage special needs readers to fall in love with books. Two-time winner of the International Book Award for Children’s Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the US Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children’s Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books.
Karen Andrews is an award-winning writer, author, editor and publisher. Her work has appeared in many publications throughout the country. Her blog is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition and she regularly conducts workshops on the subject. She can be found on Twitter @KarenAndrewsAU
Escaped academic and linguist Rhyll Biesthas put her love of language, doctoral research and writing skills to use through paid blogging and writing saucy romance novels but still harbours a dark, secret love for the Oxford comma. To find out more about Rhyll visit her website at biestbooks.com.
Lesley Boland has had poetry, short stories and articles published in journals and anthologies, including Quadrant, Block, Burley, Winds of Change, and lip magazine. She is also an editor for Blemish Books, a Canberra-based small press. With Blemish Books she has edited three collections of poetry, three novellas and an anthology of fictocriticism. Her unpublished novel, ‘The Lesser’, was selected for HARDCOPY, a manuscript development program run by the ACT Writers Centre, in 2014.
Katerina Bryant is a writer and editor based in Adelaide. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and the Meanjin Blog, amongst others. She edits nonfiction for Voiceworks and Antic. Her essay, ‘A Pig in Mud’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. She tweets at @katerina_bry.
Sian Campbell is a freelance writer and the Editor in Chief of Scum Mag. She has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Spook, Going Down Swinging Online, Feminartsy, and Junkee.
Lawyer and tiger-mom-in-training Rose Chen writes Australian-Asian chick lit and keeps threatening to write a romance about a tofu billionaire. She grew up in tropical Borneo where she read any Mills and Boon she could lay her hands on. She also writes historical romance under the name Elyse Huntington.
Sam Cooney runs publishing organisation The Lifted Brow, which makes a quarterly literary magazine, runs online content, produces events, awards writing prizes, and now publishes books. Sam is publisher-in-residence at RMIT University, and teaches sessionally at universities. He has worked for a variety of other publishing houses and publications, and his own writing has been published in many magazines, journals, and newspapers. He has hosted events and chaired panels at writers’ festivals here and overseas, and has been a judge of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript and also the Non-Fiction Prize awards, and the Lord Mayor’s Narrative Non-Fiction Prize.
Katherine Cross is a Ph.D student in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a widely published gaming critic and sought after commentator on Internet culture. Her writing on the politics of the virtual has appeared in Rolling Stone, Polygon, The Establishment, Slate, Wired, among many others. In addition, she has also written for tabletop roleplaying games like Pathfinder. Her most recently published science fiction can be found in the anthology Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic. Katherine keeps a weekly column on videogames at Gamasutra where she writes about whatever is tickling her fancy in the world of gaming.
Aidan Delaneyworks in community arts, events, and publishing. In his spare time, he researches the intersections of class, sexuality, and gender in media and popular culture. His Honours thesis explored the influence of documentary photography on representations of masculinity in the early fiction of Jack Kerouac. Aidan’s other writing spans from opinion pieces for LGBT media to freelance copywriting and satirical cooking blogs.
Winnie Dunn is a Tongan writer from Mount Druitt in Western Sydney. Winnie is currently the manager of Sweatshop – a Western Sydney Literacy Movement, and she has just graduated from a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University. Winnie’s work has been published in: The Vocal, The Big Black Thing, Voiceworks and Griffith Review.
Samantha Faulkneris a Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal woman from the Wuthuthi and Yadhaigana peoples, Cape York Peninsula and Badu and Moa Islands, Torres Strait. She is the author of Life Blong Ali Drummond: A Life in the Torres Strait a book on her grandfather's life. She has poetry and prose published in By Close of Business, Etchings Indigenous: Treaty, and Ora Nui: A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature.
Amarlie Foster lives in Melbourne. Her work has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry Journal and the short story anthology The Near and the Far: new stories from the Asia Pacific region. Amarlie Foster was the project manager of 100 Story Building's flagship publication Early Harvest. Early Harvest is a literary journal written and created entirely by kids, for kids.
Craig Garrettis a Brisbane-based writer whose work has appeared in Alochonaa (Dialogue) online journal, Voiceworks, Meanjin, Sleepers, Wet Ink, Strange4, The Big Issue, West of the West and Visible Ink. He has spoken at Noted 2016; the Melbourne and Sydney writers’ festivals; This is Not Art (TINA); and the Emerging Writers’ Festival. His first novel Transition Events received an Arts Victoria ‘new work’ grant. In 2012 ‘Rat-boys’ (short story) was shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Literary Awards; and ‘Magpie’, for the Wet Ink Short Story Prize. He is currently working on the novels Magpie and A Country of Second-Hand?, and the nonfiction book A Delicate Touch.
Irma Goldis an award-winning author and editor. She is currently Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra, Editor at Melbourne publisher Inkerman & Blunt, and Ambassador for the 2016 ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge. Irma’s short fiction has been widely published in anthologies and literary journals like Meanjin, Island, Review of Australian Fiction and Westerly. Her short fiction collection, Two Steps Forward, was shortlisted for or won a number of awards, and she is currently working on a novel which won the NSW Writers’ Centre Varuna Fellowship Award. Irma is also the author of three children’s books, with a fourth, Seree’s Story, due out with Walker Books. www.irmagold.com or @Irma_Gold
Allis Hamilton grew up in a farming district in rural NSW that seemed to be, almost, swallowed by sky. She currently lives in Castlemaine, where she co-convenes their monthly poetry readings. She creates poetry, art and music; collects memories and discarded nests; was an acrobat and classical musician until a brain haemorrhage put a stop to that. In Australia, some of her poems live in: Australian Poetry Journal, Southerly, Plumwood Mountain, Flightpath, - an anthology about migrating birds; and in Ireland: The Caterpillar, Skylight47.
Matt Hetherington is a writer, music-maker, gourmet Indian chef, soccer nut, bludger, and lover based in Brisbane. His first collection of all-Japanese-related forms [and fourth poetry collection] is ‘For Instance’, published in January by Mulla Mulla Press. Some current inspirations are: Timbaland, Frisky Dingo, Jess, Luce, and northern sunshine.
Neha Kaleis a writer and the editor of Vault magazine, a print quarterly covering contemporary art and culture. She is a columnist for SBS Life, writes regularly for Daily Life and her writing has appeared in Broadsheet, Vice, i-D, The Collective, Open Skies, Dumbo Feather online, The Vine, The Sydney Morning Herald and more. She writes most frequently about art, culture, identity, people and places. You can find her work at www.nehakale.com.
Glen Martinis a PhD Candidate at the ANU Centre for Art Theory and Art History, a professional Communications expert and a freelance writer who has contributed essays, journalism and fiction to publications such as Australian Art Monthly, BMA, Going Down Swinging, Creative, Homer, Vive and more. He writes on art and popular culture, creates branding and messaging strategies and solutions, and is interested in language, power and culture wars. He writes for and sings in the rock band Waterford and live in Canberra.
Bill Moran is a third-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former medic. He was the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion, president of poetry non-profit Mic Check, and has performed and taught poetry across the US, Australia, and Southeast Asia. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Button Poetry (video), Phoebe, Bird’s Thumb, Next Left Press, FreezeRay Press, The Dead Animal Handbook, LUX, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and his first full-length release, co-authored with Simon Kindt, is now available through Alien Mouth. He appreciates your concern and well-wishes, but swears he is okay. Really.
Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry was born at the Canberra Multicultural Fringe in February 2016. It brings together poets who write and speak many languages to share their words and celebrate our many vibrant cultures. With further events at Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres during 2016, the Mother Tongue community has grown, with new poets sharing their words for the first time, those coming back to continue their journey and poets well-established here or in their country of origin. Mother Tongue events (so far!) have included Malay, Bengali, Persian, Spanish, Russian, Catalan, Serbian, Mandarin, Hindi, French, Tamil, Tibetan, Arabic and Auslan.
Anthony Nocerais a freelance writer and full-time homosexual from Adelaide. His work has appeared in mous magazine, The Suburban Review, Voiceworks and Krass Journal among others. He hosts The Range on Radio Adelaide and is the Literature Editor for feud magazine.
Chloe Papas is a writer, journalist and editor based in Victoria via Perth. She spent a few years working as a journalist for the ABC before turning to the freelance life. Her work has been featured in publications like SBS, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Daily Life, Vice and Junkee.
Anita Patel was born in Singapore and lives in Canberra. Her work has been published in various journals including Block 9, Burley Journal, Demos Journal and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Her poem Women’s Talk won the ACT Writers Centre Poetry Prize in 2004. She was the feature poet for the Mother Tongue Showcase in 2016.
The Chair of the First Nations Australians Writers Network (FNAWN), a Wiradjuri woman Kerry Reed-Gilbert has performed and conducted writing workshops nationally and internationally. In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works with the US Mob Writing group By Close of Business, and was co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal a collaborative collection between First Nations Australia writers and Maori writers. Her poetry and prose have been published in many journals and anthologies nationally and internationally. She has published numerous books and publications. Her works has been translated in French, Korean, Benglai, Dutch and other languages.
Robert Skinneris the founding editor of The Canary Press. His own work appears regularly in the Monthly, and has featured in Best Australian Comedy Writing and other international publications.
Rosanna Stevens is a writer, musician and humorist based in Canberra. She has written for The Toast, The Believer, The Second City Network, The Lifted Brow, The Griffith Review and The Belladonna. She studied writing at UTS and The Second City, and she is macheteing her way through a PhD on her systemically racist self at ANU. Rosanna is this year's Anne Edgeworth Fellow.
Alan Vaarwerkis Editor at Kill Your Darlings, as well as a writer and TV captioner. His writing has appeared in Stilts, Griffith Review, Writers Bloc and Kill Your Darlings. He grew up in Grafton NSW, grew up some more in Brisbane, and now lives in Melbourne.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi multitasker from the floodplains of Gunnedah. She is a Fulbright scholar, and a poet and essayist whose work has been published in The Sydney Review of Books, Seizure, Westerly, Buzzfeed, The Lifted Brow and Meanjin. In 2017 she was awarded the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets. Her award-winning debut collection is Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala, 2016).
Yen-Rong Wongis a 22-year-old Brisbanite who wrote her first story at the age of three (it was about Hello Kitty). She is the founder of Pencilled In, a literary magazine that seeks to promote work by young Asian Australian artists, and also works for Hot Chicks with Big Brains, The Fem, Read Women, and Rambutan Literary. She is particularly interested in Gothic literature and its intersections with contemporary work, as well as South-East Asian women's writing. She lives with her cat, Autumn, and too many shelves stuffed full of books.